Located just north of the city's two professional sports stadiums, Seattle's Chinatown-International District is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. It serves as the cultural hub for Seattle's Asian-American residents. Wonderful Asian restaurants, unique shopping, and historic attractions are among the interesting things that draw many day-trippers to the neighborhood. Here are just a few that you can enjoy:
The Wing Luke Asian Museum- Dedicated to preserving and sharing Asian history and culture, The Wing Luke Asian Museum offers a variety of permanent and special exhibits. The museum's permanant collection includes artifacts and photographs from early Asian-American businesses and community groups, a replica of Camp Harmony internment camp accommodations, and an introduction to the many Asian peoples who have made Seattle and the International District their home.
Uwajimaya Village- Uwajimaya, an Asian food and gift market, is a major attraction of the International District. Visitors will find gifts, groceries, kitchenware, produce, seafood, meat, and deli items from many Asian countries, including Japan, China, the Philippines, and Korea. Located in a brand new facility, the International District Uwajimaya is the company's flagship store.
Annual Chinatown-International District Summer Festival (July) - Every year the International District is home to the largest Pan-Asian American streetfair in the Pacific Northwest. Arts and crafts, great food, and community booths are among the festival's many attractions. Visitors will find a wide variety of entertainment including:
- Japanese Taiko Drumming
- Chinese Martial Arts performances
- Fillipino Dancing
- Dragon dance performances
- performers from the Jazz, New Age and Pop music industry